Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. The feeling of progression and development is a great draw as well.
  2. Not so much a sequel as the Cube version with new features, but still essential for anyone happy to start again.
  3. A lovely game for the right people. It may not appeal to more hardcore gamers, but for anyone else it’s excellent.
  4. Animal Crossing: City Folk is one of the most charming and entertaining life sims out there, with lots to explore and experience.
  5. It may not be the re-boot that non-fans (and ex-fans) of Animal Crossing were looking for, but City Folk is the ultimate entry in the ultimate series about goofing off. For that alone, it deserves an...
  6. Although it offers a plethora of ways to interact, it is ultimately limited by the friend codes feature. Luckily, you can have fun all by yourself with this one.
  7. It's still a great game but fans of the DS version are going to feel short-changed by the lack of imagination in this Wii retread.
  8. New player or returning fan, young or old, casual or hardcore, Animal Crossing: City Folk could very well become your new obsession. [Holiday 2008, p.76]
  9. 80
    If you’re interested in the authentic Animal Crossing experience, you can pick up the original for about twelve dollars now. If you don’t care about being an uber-Animal Crossing nerd, you will find a tremendous amount of enjoyment in this one as well.
  10. It's hard to be down on a game that, when judged on its own merits, is great fun and addictive, but it's equally hard to look past the fact that this is essentially the same game we've been playing since it belatedly arrived on the GameCube.
  11. 80
    Even if you've worked your way through previous iterations, it's as compulsively addictive as always although its easy to resent the familiarity of it all.
  12. A great game at heart, newcomers should pick it up immediately, others proceed with caution.
  13. Only the stony-hearted would fail to appreciate at least some of this game. [Jan 2009, p.48]
  14. A good and mildly addictive virtual-life experience. It's an acquired taste, though. [Feb 2009]
  15. 80
    All in all, it is still enjoyable but could have been so much more. If you enjoyed the previous two installments, or you just like these lazy simulator games, I definitely recommend this game.
  16. Whoever did not play Wild World, try this one. But anyone who already has the DS version must seriously think about it before buying Animal Crossing: City Folk. Any doubts? Stay with the DS version.
  17. However, this is a solid entry for gamers that have yet to indulge in the Animal Crossing experience.
  18. 75
    After putting literally weeks and months into playing both the GameCube original and the Nintendo DS sequel, it was very disappointing to see that, after putting nearly two weeks into Animal Crossing: City Folk that very little effort went into the design beyond porting and enhancing the Nintendo DS game.
  19. City Folk offers more of the same Animal Crossing gameplay that you know and love, with the emphasis on "same."
  20. It's just more of the same, which is a big missed opportunity for Nintendo. Once the novelty of Wii Speak wears off, there isn't any incentive to continue.
  21. Times change, and games must change with them. Animal Crossing, while still a charming and often engaging experience, seems stuck somewhere in the last generation of gaming.
  22. We can define Animal Crossing with "déjà vu". This title is almost identical to the Nintendo DS version, there are only minor changes, so nobody who played Wild World will find anything new in Let's Go to the City. But it's Animal Crossing, so it's a good game for all kind of players with dozens of objects to collect and lots of friends to meet.
  23. 75
    Animal Crossing: City Folk is not a bad game, and is in fact a very good game. The only problem is, it's ultimately the same game as before, and to a greater degree than any Mega Man sequel ever was.
  24. Animal Crossing: City Folk is a conservative videogame especially recomended for people who never have lived in the Nintendo's animals town. Everybody else should value if the lack of novelties are not enough to avoid a new mortgage in Wii.
  25. If I may put my series-wide disappointments aside, Animal Crossing: City Folk is still a superb title that should be picked up by everyone who has yet to play an Animal Crossing game.
  26. An excellent choice for newcomers to the series; for long-time fans it's a bit like watching a remake of your favourite classic movie: predictable, with no major surprises in store... but certainly no less enjoyable than the original.
  27. As this game rocked on GameCube, it rocks on the Wii nowadays.
  28. There is no doubt that Animal Crossing: City Folk is a good game, however it is only good for those that have never played the past games before.
  29. If you’ve played any version of Animal Crossing before, your love of the series will pretty much be the deciding factor on whether or not you’re going to pick this up. Online is a nice feature, but when the game is almost the exact same as the previous two versions, it’s time to try something new.
  30. It’s been three years since the previous Animal Crossing on the DS, but City Folk is virtually identical and costs $20 more.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. ????????
    Nov 22, 2008
    10
    Why do people always say: "There's not enough improvement, and it's just like the prequel!" I mean that's what I like in aWhy do people always say: "There's not enough improvement, and it's just like the prequel!" I mean that's what I like in a series! I hate it when game's get too much *Improvement* because some times it makes a once good series into a bad one people liked previous AC games so Nintendo probably just didn't want to rock the boat! And NO the graphics don't look like crap I personally think they look GREAT! It may be like other AC titles but that doesn't change the fact that it's a great game! Full Review »
  2. PaulinaH
    May 9, 2009
    3
    The game was really fun until all the grass suddenly disappeared, and the fact that it takes over 8 months to re-grow the grass and you not The game was really fun until all the grass suddenly disappeared, and the fact that it takes over 8 months to re-grow the grass and you not being able to walk on the "growing" grass took all of the fun out! It's not fun to live in a wasteland, i don't really recommend this game to animal crossing fans! Full Review »
  3. Dec 24, 2012
    3
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